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Panic’s quirky Playdate handheld game console is now shipping (hand-crank and all)

The Playdate is a handheld game console that’s different from most. With an unusual design that includes a 2.7 inch black and white display, a few basic controls on the front, and a hand crank on the side, it’s nothing like the Nintendo Game Boy or Switch clones we’re used to seeing. First announced in […]

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Playdate is up for pre-order, ships in late 2021 (handheld gaming with a hand-crank)

It’s 2021 and some handheld gaming devices have OLED displays. Others are basically full-fledged PCs running Windows or Linux. And others… have a black and white display and a hand crank. The Playdate is an unusual gaming device first unveiled in 2019, and after it’s finally available for pre-order for $179. The first batch of […]

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Are hand cranks the next frontier in mobile gaming (Arduboy gets a cranky mod)

The upcoming Playdate handheld game console has a few nifty things going for it, including a well-known design team, a promise of at least one “season” of 12 new brand new games delivered one per-week for three months, and… a hand crank that introduced a new way to play mobile games. But the Playdate isn’t […]

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Playdate is an unusual handheld game system… with a crank (and 12 games delivered one at a time)

Have you ever looked at a Game Boy and thought, that’s nice and all… but you know what would make it even cooler? A hand-crank that you could use as a game controller. Probably not…. but the folks behind the Playdate handheld game console decided that’s exactly what their upcoming gadget needed. The Playdate is expected […]